Recipe: Northern Beans and Chard

Chard is a leafy green vegetable that has a slightly bitter taste. It’s funny because I’ve never heard of it before today until a coworker of mine, Mike, asked if I wanted some.

Mike has been growing vegetables in the community garden at work and it seems he has planted more than he can eat because he’s giving it away to everyone in the office. Works for me!

Since Mike is familiar with chard and I know that his wife has a (mostly) vegetarian blog, I asked if he had any good recipes I could use it in. He did and it’s super-simple.


2-3 cups chard leaves and stems chopped
1-2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped (I used yellow onion)
16oz can northern beans
2 tbsp. olive oil

Mike only gave me the ingredient list, so all measurements are my own. You can experiment if you’d like.

Here’s how I did it.

Heat the olive oil on high for about a minute. Add the onion and garlic cloves and turn the heat down to medium. Let the onions cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the beans and chard. Let the whole mix cook for 3-4 more minutes.

This would’ve been great with some dinner rolls, be we didn’t have any so I made some garlic bread toast instead. Mmmm.

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